Airs Saturday, May 12 at 12:00 p.m. Red River Radio is pleased to present the Lyric Opera Of Chicago broadcast season with an opening night productions of Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman." If ever a man was unlucky at love, it’s Hoffmann, the wild-eyed poet who travels the world in search of the ideal woman and ends up thwarted by villains at every turn. First, he’s smitten by Olympia — but discovers she’s nothing more than a mechanical doll. Then, he falls for Antonia, a fragile songstress who’ll die if she sings — and regrettably for him, she does both! Finally he’s seduced by Giulietta — but the treacherous courtesan casts him aside. Impossibly beautiful music (including the famous Barcarolle) combined with flamboyant theatricality — that’s why Offenbach’s extravaganza is the perfect way to open our season.
This performance of the Tales of Hoffman features Matthew Polenzani as Hoffman with James Morris as The Four Villains, Anna Christy as Olympia, Erin Wall as Antonia, Alyson Cambridge as Giulietta, Emily Fons as Nicklausse, Rodell Rosel as The Four Servants, David Canglosi as Spalanzani and Christian Van Horn as Crespel. Emmanuel Villaume Conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Your broadcast hosts will be George Preston & Roger Pines.
Since its early days, Lyric Opera of Chicago has been regarded as one of the top three US opera companies, along with the Met and San Francisco. Chicago boasts an opera company that’s second to none, with a box office exceeding 100 percent of capacity each year for the last decade.